Riely, Ashworth, and Wanner open season with strong showings
WILLISTON — The Dickinson High girls swimming and diving team earned a total of 259 points as it placed fourth overall in the season-opening Williston Invitational on Saturday, August 25 from the Williston Area Rec Center.
“Our roster for the meet was down to 14 athletes from the 20 on our roster due to not having enough practices yet,” DHS head coach Jenna Wolf said. “We could tell we were not as deep as we should be due to their absences in the pool, but they were still there cheering the rest of the team on, we have great team unity.”
Midgets junior Korie Riely collected the team’s best individual mark, taking third place in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 9.71 seconds. She also placed sixth in the 500 freestyle.
Dickinson sophomores Jaydin Decker, Kara Wanner and senior Brianna Ashworth each earned a pair of the top-10 finishes. Decker finished fifth in the 1-meter dive and sixth in the 100-meter backstroke. Wanner took ninth in the 50 and 100 freestyle while Ashworth captured sixth place in the 100-meter backstroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley.
Riely, Ashworth and Wanner each completed their individual events with state qualifying times.
The trio, teamed with seventh-grader Mara Ellerkamp, raced in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay, finishing sixth and fourth respectively.
Victorious in nine of the 12 events, Bismarck Century won the meet with 644 points, followed by Minot with 588 points.
Decker, who just missed a state-qualifying time in the 100 backstroke, along with 2017 state-qualifiers senior Sydne Beld and freshman Savanna Baranko will have their next opportunity to make the mark in two weeks as the Midgets travel to Bismarck for their next meet on Sept. 7.Williston InvitationalResults SaturdayTeam scores: 1, Bismarck Century, 644. 2, Minot, 588. 3, Williston, 335. 4, Dickinson, 259. 5, Bismarck Legacy, 253. 6, Bismarck 163.50 freestyle: 1, Lexi Duchsherer, BC, 23.95. 9, Kara Wanner, D, 27.21. 34, Reilly Meyer, D, 29.96. 37, Hillary Moberg, D, 30.37. 53, Eve Popova, D, 36.33.100 backstroke: 1, Sarah Dorrheim, BC, 1:02.41. 6, Jaydin Decker, D, 1:10.41. 15, Aryana Twist, D, 1:14.48. 100 breaststroke: 1, Carly E. Palmer, BC, 1:07.07. 6, Brianna Ashworth, D, 1:13.39. 16, Ericka Williams, D, 1:23.01.100 butterfly: 1, Demi Peterson, W, 59.53. 13. Meyer, D, 1:15.59.
1-meter diving: 1, Adisynn Widdel, M, 210.45. 5, Decker, D, 174.60. 9, Teghan Hoff, 139.40. 14, Morel, 126.75. 19, Kayla Paluck, D, 106.45.